SA took lessons from seven-over bash

2014-03-14 00:00

PROTEAS coach Russell Domingo said there were lessons to be learnt from the team’s five-wicket loss to Australia in the rain-shortened second T20 at Kingsmead on Wednesday.

The match became a seven-over hit-and-run affair after rain played tricks throughout the evening, the match finally starting at 8.30 pm.

“There are lessons to be taken from every game, no matter what the format,” said Domingo. “Australia deserved to win and having the match shortened, allowed us to change the line-up slightly.”

AB de Villiers was a noticeable absentee, being rested for the final match today at SuperSport Park and without Morné Morkel and Dale Steyn, it allowed Kyle Abbott, Wayne Parnell and Beuran Hendricks to have a run.

“Remember, there was no Dale or Morné and Beuran, making his international debut, bowled the penultimate over,” said Domingo. “It was an opportunity and massive experience for him and part of the process in building the team. He needed something like this to fall back on if he finds himself in such a situation at the World Cup.”

Domingo gave credit to the Australian batting, recognising the destructive David Warner and the experienced Brad Hodge as key players.

“They were good on the night. We all know what Warner is capable off and Hodge has mountains of experience, being a key player for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. He has a great track record.”

Looking ahead to the Twenty20 World Cup, Domingo said he had an idea of what the strongest 11 would be, but it depended on the conditions.

“We have options and it was great to see De Kock and Du Plessis have some time in the middle in Durban, those 25 or so balls they faced were invaluable for them.

“Our group at the World Cup has England, Sri Lanka and New Zealand, all quality sides, and it’s an open tournament, difficult to predict a winner. We have destructive batsmen in De Villiers, Miller, Duminy and Albie Morkel and have that aspect covered.”

On the bowling front, Domingo said Steyn’s hamstring injury would be assessed in Bangladesh but it looked as though he would be ready to play. Morné Morkel’s shoulder was receiving treatment but Domingo did say that Kyle Abbott would be next in line if either of these were unable to play.

“Abbott is a fine bowler coming off a great season but unfortunately we are limited to the number of people we can take to the tournament. He is definitely in the mix though,” he said.

It’s another case of holding thumbs as to whether there will be play in today’s third T20 international considering the heavy rain experienced in recent weeks.

The match starts at 6 pm and will be telecast on SuperSport 2 and 2HD.

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